No Way

I have never been a true believer.  When I was little I told myself that I believed because I thought that was what you were supposed to do.  But then I grew up and I could think for myself and I came to the conclusion that I did not believe there is a god.  I just don't think it is possible.  I think it was made up way back when as an answer for people to the question "why are we here?", but we are smarter now and I think that science is the answer.  I believe in evolution and time and that human beings 'evolved from apes'.  I am perfectly happy living as a non believer and I don't need to believe in some higher being in order for my life to be fulfilled.  I live for me.  And as for what happens to us when we die, I think that we die.  Our bodies become food for the worms and our "souls" cease.  One of my friends asked if matter/energy can't be created or destroyed then what happens to our souls when we die.  Our souls aren't matter.  Souls aren't even a tangible object, they are more of a feeling or conscience, so they "die" too.  I just don't believe in God, I don't see how it is possible.
boudica1224 boudica1224
22-25, F
6 Responses Aug 17, 2007

That's a really good quote, Godfree.

I found this a long time ago and it sums up my beliefs to this day:<br />
An atheist's creed<br />
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I believe in time,<br />
matter, and energy,<br />
which make up the whole of the world.<br />
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I believe in reason, evidence and the human mind,<br />
the only tools we have;<br />
they are the product of natural forces<br />
in a majestic but impersonal universe,<br />
grander and richer than we can imagine,<br />
a source of endless opportunities for discovery.<br />
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I believe in the power of doubt;<br />
I do not seek out reassurances,<br />
but embrace the question, <br />
and strive to challenge my own beliefs.<br />
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I accept human mortality.<br />
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We have but one life,<br />
brief and full of struggle,<br />
leavened with love and community,<br />
learning and exploration,<br />
beauty and the creation of <br />
new life, new art, and new ideas.<br />
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I rejoice in this life that I have,<br />
and in the grandeur of a world that preceded me,<br />
and an earth that will abide without me.

Hi KnightBlade, thanks for your input. I have actually pondered that maybe there is a God and he did create the bare minimum of the universe, or life on Earth at least, or even just the right criteria to support life, and then let evolution and natural disasters take over. The big bang is very confusing and fascinating to me. I do wonder what was "there" before everything that is there now, stars, planets, gases, etc. But it's so beyond my comprehension I don't even know what to think. But then I think, ok so if God created the universe, then where did God come from? It seems to be a never ending cycle of creation that no one can answer. As for the matter of matter and energy, they are indeed finite, as far as we know, and I believe that after someone dies they become a part of the food chain, their matter and "energy" being absorbed by bacteria, insects, plants, providing their food and thus energy. <br />
I think that highly religious people who refuse to consider the proven idea of evolution are actually insecure in their beliefs. They become so defensive of religion as if they are afraid that it could be proven that God does not exist. Maybe they are afraid of changing tradition, or going against what they were taught when they were younger. I think that people who are fully secure in their beliefs take into consideration of all other theories and how they all interact with each other in life. Because let's face it, whether you believe in evolution or not, it's there, it's happened, and it's always happening.

Hey Boudica, <br />
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I've been reading your stories and can't wait to respond to them. I chose this one first because it goes along the lines of my thoughts closest. <br />
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I'm kind of where your friend is on the theory of matter/energy. I don't go to church and I don't like when people preach. I have read parts of the bible and view them as more of a historical account rather than a religious experience. But, I do believe in something "more" than just what we have here.<br />
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I'm not saying this to argue with you or trying to convince you of anything - just sharing my viewpoint. Matter and Energy are finite in our universe. We are composed of both. So when we die, what happens to the energy. I don't think it has a "consciousness" per se, but it doesn't just disappear. <br />
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You also ever wonder what existed before the "big bang"? I believe in evolution but that doesn't mean something set this whole process into motion way way way back when. I never understood why religions don't adapt. Evolution is a pretty proven theory - why not argue that God, in his infinite wisdom, created the universe - hence, everything in the universe was created by God (even evolution) - but, religious people can be a bit...zealous when it comes to beliefs...even in the face of insurmountable evidence to the contrary. Don't you think?

common sense, the devils greatest accomplishment was convincing people that he doesn't exist!!!

Well spoken, and kudos. :)